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Q: If Josh McDaniels gets a job this offseason, that'll be three O-coordinators for Sam Bradford in three seasons. Should the Rams go with a spread-it-out guy and go back to Bradford's strengths?
-- Darius (Oregon)
A: What people are forgetting is that McDaniels still has one year left on his Rams contract after this season, Darius. So unless he is hired as a head coach this offseason, which is possible, he's staying in St. Louis. But if he is hired as a head coach somewhere -- Kansas City? Miami? -- then St. Louis would need to go out and hire the most quarterback-friendly offensive coordinator there is, whether that was a spread-it-out coach or someone more conservative. But a lot would depend on who the Rams' head coach would be. So there are so many factors still in play -- does Steve Spagnuolo stay or go, does McDaniels stay or go -- that it's hard to predict exactly how this plays out. My sense today is that McDaniels will be coaching Bradford next season just like he is this season.
Q: Do you see the Bucs bringing back Raheem Morris next season if he decides to relinquish his duties as defensive coordinator? Also, if he does get axed, what coach would fit best in Tampa Bay?
-- Kevin (Florida)
A: Great questions, Kevin. If Tampa Bay looks in its last two games the way it has during this eight-game losing streak, it could be tough for Morris to survive. This team needs to show some improvement, some life, to save its head coach's job. But if it does, Tampa Bay would bring in a new defensive coordinator to help out Morris and to try to avoid what happened this season. Now if the Buccaneers do decide to make a coaching change, teams usually go away from what they had. And what Tampa Bay had was a young, defensive-minded players' coach. So a prospective new head coach would be more of a veteran, stern, offensive-minded coach. Hard to list all the candidates who would fit that mold, but somebody like a Mike Sherman could give you an idea of a potential successor.
Q: Could Norv Turner win out and save his job again? After all, the San Diego Chargers could be really good again next year -- why break it up?
-- Shawn (Arizona)
A: Fair to wonder about that at this point, Shawn. The team had all but decided to get rid of him earlier this month, but this is a perfect example of how things in the NFL sometimes can change. Since the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Turner would be fired, the Chargers haven't lost. And if they can keep that going not just to the postseason, but through the postseason, then Turner is going to make it hard on them to fire him. But if this team slips up just once along the way, and fails to make it to the postseason, it's probably lights out for Turner.
-- Veena (California)
A: Veena: Quinn's contract is up after this season and he'll be looking for the best opportunity rather than the best offer. Maybe it's Denver or maybe it's somewhere else. But Denver would need a quarterback who has a skill set that is at least somewhat similar to Tebow's, even though his skills are unique. It would make it easier for the Broncos to keep running their offense in the event that Tebow got injured. But Tebow is expected to be Denver's starter in 2012 and the Broncos likely will be looking for a new backup, preferably one who can run the football a bit in addition to throwing it.
Adam Schefter answers questions on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coaching job, Norv Turner's hot seat and more. He also ranks the top five teams after Week 15.